On the 1st of December we remember that West Papua once celebrated its independence on 1/Dec/1961.
At this time I ask you to consider why has West Papua's struggle gone on for so long? And in particular how has the Australian Government managed to get away with sustaining the West Papuan Genocide for so long?
The FWPP believe this is because there are counterfeit agenda’s pumped out by our government (there are also cases where Australian Universities are supporting the government’s counterfeit agenda). These counterfeit agendas are confusing West Papua’s supporters and slowing down or neutralising the freedom movement. One of these suspect agendas is ‘Self-Determination’.
The Free West Party is clear that it wants Independence (freedom) for West Papua. This is also clearly what the ULMWP is asking for. Self-Determination sounds okay and includes the right to choose Independence but there are some problems with seeking Self-Determination as follows:
- West Papua was once free and independent and celebrated its independence on 1/Dec/1961. Pushing for self-determination can be seen as a backward step.
- Pushing for self-determination can also be used to avoid facing the fact that Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua is illegal and therefore the Australian Government’s support of the occupation is illegal.
- Self-Determination also includes the right to choose 'Autonomy' and guess what... according to the Indonesian Government West Papua already has this. So the FWPP states that the push should be to restore West Papua’s Independence and advises supporters to be aware of groups that peddle "Self-Determination".
Paul Madden, Leader of the Free West Papua Party
PS: Here's a link for some background on Self-Determination and UN Resolution 1514